Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Today In Oldies 8/25/2010


Where In The World Is..........Andrew Gold?

Born August 2, 1951 in Burbank, California, Andrew Gold has been one of the most prolific artists in the music business since he began to make a name for himself in the 70's.  Music was "the family business", with his mother being Marni Nixon (who provided singing voices for several actresses in film versions of Broadway musicals, including Natalie Wood in West Side Story) and his father, Ernest Gold, an Academy Award-winning composer. 

Andrew emerged on the music scene in the early 70's as a multi-purpose force behind the success of Linda Ronstadt.  He provided most of the arrangements and played most of the instruments on her Heart Like A Wheel album in 1974 and stayed with her through most of her 70's pop heyday.  He rejoined her for several more stints throughout the 80's and 90's. 

In 1975, Gold spread his wings and flew solo.  His first Top 10 hit in America was "Lonely Boy" in 1977.  His other best known single was only a minor chart hit when it was released in 1978, but it became a classic when it became the theme to the 80's TV sitcom classic, The Golden Girls.  "Thank You For Being A Friend" is now one of the most recognizable songs in the world. 

After the run as a solo artist, Gold has remained one of the busiest figures in the music business, having played with, written songs for, or sang backup for the likes of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, The Eagles, and Don Henley.  In the 80's, he formed the group Wax with Graham Gouldman (formerly of 10cc).  They had worldwide success but no major radio hits in the U.S.  The 90's saw him perform another TV theme song for what became a long-running hit with "Final Frontier", the theme from Mad About You

Today, Andrew Gold is still making music, with an album due in 2011 that will be his first solo disc in 10 years.  He has also begun directing short films.  He tours occasionally and hits the road to back up other acts, but he has planned a major solo tour in 2011. Find out more about Andrew Gold on his official website by clicking here

He has rarely ever been lonely on a concert stage or in a recording studio, but he knows a thing or two about lonely boys.  Let's hear about them below, shall we?

Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day

What R&B legend served 3 months in jail for stealing tires in 1960?

Check back w/ Everything Oldies tomorrow for the answer, and leave a Comment here with your best guess!!

Yesterday's Burning Question (and Answer) of the Day

Who introduced Elton John when he made his American debut at the Troubador nightclub in Los Angeles on August 25, 1970?

Answer: Neil Diamond......they were both recording for Uni Records at the time

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